“Don’t call me an alarmist,” says alarmist

Sarah E. Myhre is not an alarmist. Really, she isn’t.

“Just don’t call me an alarmist,” says Sarah E. Myhre, a junior climate scientist from the University of Washington in Seattle, at the end of her article for Live Science.

Yet earlier in the same article she writes of “the immense challenge of communicating the terrifying and heartbreaking (and I mean those words specifically) risks that come with climate change”.

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WaPo Weatherman Claims EPA Issued ‘A Declaration Of War’ By Taking Down Climate Change Website

The Washington Post’s lead weatherman published a lengthy screed attacking the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) removal of web pages on global warming science — web pages he spent years working on.

“To me, a scientist who managed this website for more than five years, its removal signifies a declaration of war on climate science by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt,” wrote WaPo’s Jason Samenow, a meteorologist who heads the paper’s Capital Weather Gang.

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New Consensus: The Global Warming Hiatus Is Real & Climate Models Failed

A scientific consensus has emerged among top mainstream climate scientists that “skeptics” or “lukewarmers” were not long ago derided for suggesting — there was a nearly two-decade-long “hiatus” in global warming that climate models failed to accurately predict or replicate.

new paper, led by climate scientist Benjamin Santer, adds to the ever-expanding volume of “hiatus” literature embracing popular arguments advanced by skeptics, and even uses satellite temperature datasets to show reduced atmospheric warming.

More importantly, the paper discusses the failure of climate models to predict or replicate the “slowdown” in early 21st century global temperatures, which was another oft-derided skeptic observation. –Michael Bastasch and Ryan Maue, Daily Caller, 19 June 2017

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‘It’s Not Actually Happening’: Former DC Official Calls Out Cities Pledging To Honor The Paris Climate Accord

Hundreds of U.S. mayors have committed to the goals of the Paris climate accord in the wake of President Donald Trump’s announcement he would withdraw from the agreement.

It’s a nice thought, according to a former city official, but it’s not even close to being reality.

“The idea that cities are leading on climate change is applauded over and over and over,” wrote Sam Brooks, who directed the District of Columbia’s energy division from 2012 to 2014.

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The AMS Scolds Rick Perry for Believing the Oceans are Stronger than Your SUV

Rick Perry at the international clean energy conference in Beijing.This week, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) sent a letter to DOE Secretary Rick Perry, scolding him for the following opinion he uttered in a CNBC interview on June 19.

Quoting from a Washington Post article:

Asked in an interview on CNBCs “Squawk Box” whether he believed that carbon dioxide was “the primary control knob for the temperature of the Earth and for climate”, Perry said that “No, most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in.” Perry added that “the fact is this shouldn’t be a debate about, ‘Is the climate changing, is man having an effect on it?’ Yeah, we are. The question should be just how much, and what are the policy changes that we need to make to effect that?”

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Why Aren’t They Grounding Flights in Birmingham, Ala?

It was all over the news a couple of days ago that human-caused climate change is so severe that Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, is having to ground planes.

“Too Hot to Fly? Climate Change May Take a Toll on Air Travel” New York Times, June 20, 2017

“It’s so hot in Phoenix that airplanes can’t fly” – Washington Post, June 21, 2017

“Extreme heat grounds flights in Phoenix” – AOL, June 21, 2017

Most of the “greenhouse gases” are in Alabama. Why aren’t they grounding flights in Birmingham?

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New Study: Electric vehicles do little to reduce CO2 emissions

Subsidizing the purchase of electric cars in Canada is an inefficient way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and it’s not cost-effective, according to a Montreal Economic Institute study released Thursday.

“It’s just a waste,” said Germain Belzile, one of the authors of the study, which examined electric vehicle subsidies offered by Canada’s two biggest provinces Ontario and Quebec, which can rise to as much as a third of a vehicle’s purchase price, depending on the model.

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Why rising temperatures don’t make solar power rise

(h/t David) Sunny skies sound like a positive for energy production, but this week’s heat wave in California isn’t a boon for solar power.

That’s because solar panels actually become less efficient as the mercury rises.

CivicSolar, a solar-power systems distributor with offices in Oakland, Boston and Austin, Texas, says high temperatures can decrease a photovoltaic cell’s output by between 10 and 25 percent.

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